Welcome Visiting International Students

The UCI Summer Session team is here for you! We will keep you updated and informed with important announcements, campus and area resources, and planned events and activities throughout the summer. We want to make sure you receive important Summer Session news and information, so please follow our blog or connect with us in any of the ways listed here. We look forward to welcoming you and wish you a fantastic time in beautiful Southern California and at UCI this summer. Join us!

Reminder: Upcoming Deadlines for Summer Session I & 10-Week Program


Don’t forget to submit your Housing Contract by Friday, May 26th! All contracts, payments, and receipts should be sent to summercontract@ad.uci.edu. The Summer Session Office will not be accepting contracts.

Also, please remember to submit your Arrival Form by Friday, June 2nd to internationalsummer@uci.edu. All students must submit this form, accepting or declining UCI transportation.

We look forward to welcoming you to UCI Summer Session!


International Alumni Spotlight: Diane Huang


Mentor – International Summer Session 2015

As a international student from China, I have encountered many cultural and academic problems in my first year in UCI. Fortunately, my mentors from ISEP (formerly known as International Peer Group) and Pharmaceutical Sciences Freshman Program offered me many useful suggestions to help me to adapt. They were always patient and friendly, and made me feel like I’ve found my second home.

When I saw the poster of UCI Summer Session Mentor Program for Visiting International Students during my second year here, I joined without hesitant. In the summer, I worked as an International Student Mentor with my teammates; together, we created many beautiful memories. I still remember the Game Night event we held in the Arroyo Vista Community Center where we played different board games, and the students were able to learn how to play some fun American games. Everyone enjoyed their time, and we mentors were happy that we organized a successful event that helped the students to make new friends and have fun.

From my experience as a mentor, I strengthened my leadership skills, learned the importance of teamwork, and made a lot of friends. I’m glad that I had the chance to give back to those who helped me by helping other people, and this experience will influence me in the future.

Happy Lunar New Year!


Lunar New Year occurs every year on the new moon in the first lunar month and is celebrated by those who follow the lunisolar calendar. It is one of the most important holidays for many, as they focus their time on family, friends, and traditions to ring in the new year.

Happy Lunar New Year! We wish you a healthy, prosperous, warm, and happy new year!

To read more about Lunar New Year, visit:

Lunar New Year Dos and Don’ts

Lunar New Year Facts

Celebrating International Education Week 2016


International Education Week (IEW) is a chance to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! This initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to not only prepare Americans for a global environment but to also attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Thank you to all of our students and partners, who have embarked on an international education journey with Summer Session and embraced UCI pride!

To learn more about IEW, visit:

U.S. Bureau of Education and Culture Affairs Website

Exchange Programs – U.S. Dept of State Facebook

International Alumni Spotlight: Nihal Sherif

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Student – International Summer Session 2015

“I recently graduated from the American University in Cairo, majoring Psychology and double minoring in Rhetorical Writing and Composition as well as Sociology.

Throughout my undergraduate studies, I wanted to study Psychology in another country other than mine because I wanted to see how the cultural context comes into play when studying the same field abroad. I chose UCI because as soon as I saw the brochure, I couldn’t stop thinking how amazing it would be to be studying something I am really passionate about while exploring the beautiful beaches of Orange County. In fact, that is exactly what happened, and there was more awaiting me in Irvine that was about to be life-changing.

I chose two courses: “Psychology of Music” and “Film and Media.” I really enjoyed both courses. My Psychology course, taught by both a psychology professor and music enthusiast, brought his guitar to class to make us understand more about rhythm, tempo, etc… especially to those who never studied music. The course combined two of my favorite things and was taught in an interesting and fun manner. The Film and Media course combined both my interest in Horror movies and increased my knowledge about the history of the US in relation to race, gender and sexuality. I loved it so much that as soon as I was back in Egypt, I started taking photography courses to make my own short movies later and became obsessed with noticing ideas behind the cinematography of movies across the ages.

The most beautiful memories of California were getting to know people from different parts of the world and breaking cultural barriers. I met people from Italy, Lebanon, Germany, UK, Saudi Arabia, China, and Taiwan. We became such good friends that we started cooking for each other (and I discovered my love for Italian pasta). We discovered how similar we are despite our cultural differences. The best part is that we got to tour around California with a rented car and go on planned UCI trips to San Francisco, San Diego, Vegas, LA, or spend a quiet relaxing afternoon in Laguna Beach, a true heaven. I still keep in touch with my friends, and every time I remember days in California, I smile to myself.”

Don’t forget to take the Summer Session Survey!

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Your feedback will help improve our program in the future!

Thank you to those who have already taken the survey! If you haven’t completed the survey yet, you can do so here: https://eee.uci.edu/survey/2016INTLSS2. It will only take a few minutes to fill out. For your convenience, you will need to login with your UCInetID and password to access the survey.

The first 20 students who complete the survey will receive a special Summer Session gift!


Reminder: Hollywood Tour & Outlet Shopping Trip

Hollywood Tour & Outlet Shopping

This is a reminder about the Hollywood & LA Tour this Saturday, July 23rd from 9am to 10pm! Meet at 8:45am at the second round-about in Arroyo Vista!

The weather in Los Angeles on Saturday will be a high of 25° C so make sure to dress appropriately. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock to protect yourself for the sun as well as a jacket for when temperatures drop in the evening.

For more information on the locations that you will be visiting, please click the links below:

Grand Central Market: http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/

Griffith Observatory: http://www.griffithobservatory.org/

Hollywood: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/explore/regions/hollywood

Citadel Outlets: http://www.citadeloutlets.com/